Taylor Hall Scores In Debut, But Magnus Pajaarvi Steals Show For Edmonton Oilers

Karl ParkinsonContributor IISeptember 24, 2010

All eyes were on Taylor Hall tonight as he made his Edmonton Oilers debut in front of a raucous Rexall crowd, but it was a fleet-footed Swede who had everyone talking when all was said and done.

Magnus Pajaarvi scored a hat trick in his own debut. Scoring at even strength, on the power play and finishing things up with a shorthanded goal, Pajaarvi completed hockey's version of hitting for the cycle. The only thing missing was a penalty shot.

Pajaarvi was easily the best player on the ice as the Oilers defeated the Lightning 5-2. He was flying up and down the wing and demonstrated his drive and tenacity when he busted straight through the Lightning defence to score a highlight-reel first goal.

Now for that other player that was in the lineup. Taylor Hall seemed a bit nervous when the game began, but that is to be expected when an 18-year-old makes his debut in a city where he is expected to lead a team back to glory.

After he got through a couple shifts and quelled the nerves, he showed why he was the first-overall pick. His skill and speed shone through, and he has an NHL calibre release; as demonstrated when he hit the post on his very first shot.

It was only a preseason game against a subpar Lightning squad that was devoid of Stamkos, St. Louis and Lecavalier, but wow was that exciting to watch.

The future is bright in Oil Country.

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